Comic Book Top Ten Discussion

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Loopytires55
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08:38:43 AM Jan 6th 2018
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Just one more question: what was with the “great gamer” in issue #8? Was he supposed to be a parody of something? Was the great game his religion, or was it an actual system? Why is he playing the game? The book seems to imply that the stars in the sky are each a life, and when someone dies, the “scorekeeper” snuffs out one of the stars, but really i just don’t know.
PaulA
05:48:36 PM Jan 6th 2018
The stuff about the Great Game is a homage to stories like New Gods where all of creation is a battleground between two cosmic forces — Order Versus Chaos or Light Versus Dark or similar. In this case, the Great Black and the Great White, which is a bit light-versus-dark and also a bit of a chess motif.

I don't think we're meant to be able to find definite answers to the questions you ask: it's a Cryptic Background Reference, to give some color and depth to the story, not something where the details are important to the plot. For what it's worth, though, I didn't get the implication about stars being snuffed out when someone dies: Kapela says that the night sky is a scoreboard showing the state of play, but he also says explicitly that the amount of white on the board is increasing over time.
Loopytires55
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08:26:05 PM Jan 5th 2018
So is it ever explained why everybody in Neopolis has super powers and a secret identity?
Winter
08:36:11 PM Jan 5th 2018
From what's stated in the 49ers book and the foreword to Top 10, it looks like all (American?) "science" characters were relocated to Neopolis after World War 2. I guess powers are partly genetic in this 'verse, and anyone can at least pick up a gadget or four. As for secret identities, I guess that's mostly a cultural thing by this point since it's listed on IDs and all.
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